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Entrepreneur Alumni Give Back Through UCLA Venture Capital Fund

By | November 26th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Think of the California university most closely tied to entrepreneurship and Stanford immediately leaps to mind, or maybe the University of California at Berkeley.

Michael Silton is looking to add UCLA to that list, and he’s come up with a unique way of funding that effort. […]

Colorado Announces Creation Of $20M Start-up Fund

By | November 26th, 2013|Colorado, State or Government|

More money for early stage startups could be coming to Colorado, thanks to ongoing efforts by an incubator based in Fort Collins and a nonprofit lender to small businesses to bring more capital into the northern Colorado region.

The Rocky Mountain Innosphere and Colorado Enterprise Fund announced this week they are in the process of creating a $20 million fund that will make seed investments in Colorado startups. […]

Wayne State University Bioinformatics Spin-out, Advaita, Leverages Seed Funding

By | November 26th, 2013|Michigan|

Advaita Corp., a spinoff from Wayne State University that makes software to help university researchers and pharmaceutical companies better manage genomic data, has started raising a seed round of $1 million and been making the rounds at medical conferences and business-plan competitions. […]

University of Pennsylvania Unleashes New $2.1M Hybrid Incubator/Seed Fund

By | November 26th, 2013|Pennsylvania, Startup Fund|

With funding from an array of venture capitalists and investors, four education startups are getting support from the Education Design Studio Inc. (EDSi), a new hybrid incubator and seed fund established by the University of Pennsylvania’sGraduate School of Education. […]

Imperial College of London Solar Spin-out, BBOXX, Converts On $1.5M In Venture Funding

By | November 26th, 2013|New Investments/Awards, UK/England|

An Imperial spinout company that brings solar energy products to developing countries lands a major investment from a Silicon Valley financier.

The company BBOXX, a provider of solar power technology systems for homes in developing countries, has received a $US 1.5 million investment from Vinod Khosla, one of the founders of the computer company Sun Microsystems who now runs a billion dollar venture capital business based in California.  BBOXX also received a further $US400,000 from the British venture capital fund Synergy Growth. […]

University of Akron Student-run Venture Fund Invests In Ohio Start-ups

By | November 18th, 2013|Ohio, Student Funds|

Student Venture Fund at The University of Akron (SVFUA) is a student-run nonprofit Evergreen fund that provides experiential learning to Akron-area graduate students and pre-seed validation to high potential start-ups that benefit the Northeast Ohio region. Our goal is to create synergistic links between the university, business communities and entrepreneurs to spur education, entrepreneurship and economic development. […]

Interview With Mark Clarke, AVP of Tech Transfer U Houston, Talks About Their Commercialization Program, Gap Fund

By | November 18th, 2013|Texas|

An enlightening interview with Dr Mark Clarke, Associate Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Technology Transfer at the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship in the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. […]

Florida State University Releases GAP Grant Recipients

By | November 18th, 2013|Florida, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund|

Some of the state’s most innovative scientists were honored Nov. 13 for their work in addressing important societal needs such as faster wound healing for diabetics, more accurate test kits for food contaminants, a safer attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication, a first-of-its-kind solution for concussions, and a more personal approach to diagnosing and treating Hepatitis C. […]

UIC Announces $400K In Awards From Chancellors Fund

By | November 18th, 2013|Uncategorized|

The UIC Chancellor’s Innovation Fund (CIF) was established by the UIC Office of the Chancellor to enhance the Proof of Concept (POC) Awards Program’s capability to bridge the gap between basic research and commercialization. The CIF is a $10 million hybrid proof-of-concept and equity investment fund to be disbursed over five years. One million dollars per year will be used for equity seed investments through IllinoisVENTURES, the University’s venture capital arm. This provides support to early stage technology firms launched by the University in order to bolster the commercialization of research-derived technology developed at UIC. Another $1 million annually funds the POC Awards Program, which provides up to $75,000 for projects that originate at UIC and are disclosed to the UIC Office of Technology Management (OTM). […]

W Fund Puts $500K in U Washington Web Application,Qazzow

By | November 18th, 2013|Washington|

Qazzow, a spin-out from the UW’s Information School, has created a breakthrough service that significantly improves the consumer experience with websites and web applications. The company is currently piloting with a number of online businesses and is already helping companies like Ben Bridge JewelerPetHub, and Yapta increase online sales. The Qazzow service enables these and other businesses to more easily capture and answer the questions their visitors have while using their websites on desktop or mobile platforms. The W Fund investment will allow Qazzow to complete development of and fully launch the service. […]